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Will the NUJ be the first union to recruit robots?

Newspapers have started publishing articles jointly written by robots and humans according to a report written by Tom Horton (not a robot) in the Financial Times (“Rise of the machines extends to news reports” 13 December 2017). Funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative, the Reporters and Data Robots (Radar) with the Press Association and Urbs Media have created software “which inserts localised statistics into stories written by human reporters.” Continue reading Will the NUJ be the first union to recruit robots?

Standing up for journalism in Turkey

As part of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) campaign in support of journalists held in prisons or under threat of imprisonment in Turkey, I visited the country between 15 and 17 November. I attended two trials: other members of the EFJ’s governing board have also attended trials, and will continue to do so, in acts of solidarity. Continue reading Standing up for journalism in Turkey

A tribute to Stephen (Steve) White

Last Thursday I attended a special event at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, where the union paid tribute to the contribution of NUJ member Stephen White at a gathering of his family and friends to formally present the NUJ Gold Badge Award. The NUJ’s Honours Committee had made the unprecedented decision earlier this year to make a posthumous award of the union’s Gold Badge, demonstrating the high esteem Stephen, who tragically died last year, was held by union friends and colleagues.

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